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24th Nov '16 6:35:08 PM MagnusForce
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%%* Creator/CharlieChaplin

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%%* Creator/CharlieChaplin* many of Creator/CharlieChaplin's characters falls under the Trickster archetype.



%%** TheMaster certainly qualifies as well.

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%%** TheMaster The Master certainly qualifies as well.



%% ** Odin Often overlooked... which if you think about it, is just the way he wants it.
%% * Myth/NativeAmericanMythology:
%% ** Coyote
%% ** Raven
%% * Myth/JapaneseMythology: Tengu
%% * Weesagechak
%% * Nanabush / Nanabozho
%% * Spider Woman
%% * Anansi / Anancy / Aunt Nancy
%% * [[Myth/NativeAmericanMythology Kokopelli]]

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%% ** Odin Often overlooked... which if you think about it, is just the way he wants it.
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* Myth/NativeAmericanMythology:
%% ** Coyote
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The Coyote plays this role in the legends of the Southwest Native American groups. Depending on the story, he ranges from simply being a clever animal to an outright god.
** Raven
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The Raven fills the role in the Pacific Northwest, where he is an anti-hero sort of deity. His claim to fame would be stealing the sun from its keeper, allowing light to come into the world for the first time ever.
* Myth/JapaneseMythology: Tengu
%% * Weesagechak
%% * Nanabush / Nanabozho
%% *
African Mythology
** Anansi the
Spider Woman
%% * Anansi / Anancy /
from West African folklore (known as Aunt Nancy
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Nancy in the Americas). He supposedly collected every story ever for Earth from a bargain with the gods, so if you want somebody to thank for all the storytelling elements this wiki documents, you've got the spider.
** The hare is often one in African tales. When his stories were brought over by slaves to America, he became Br'er (pronounced "bruh", for "brother") Rabbit / Compe' Lapin
** The tortoise often played this role alongside the hare with the two being rivals. Of course, the tortoise always came out on top. After all, where did you think ''The Tortoise and the Hare'' came from?
** Eshu, a Yoruba (West African ethnicity) deity known for his penchant for causing strife around the world.
* [[Myth/NativeAmericanMythology Kokopelli]]Myth/ClassicalMythology



%% * Prometheus

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** Prometheus, who used his cunning to steal fire from the gods and give it to humans.
** Rare trickstress version: Eris, the Goddess of Chaos, in Greek mythology. How did the Trojan War start? Because she threw a Golden Apple reading "To the Fairest" amongst Hera, Aphrodite, and Athena.
* Myth/JapaneseMythology
** The bird-like {{Tengu}} are an entire race of tricksters, playing pranks on those who offend them.
** {{Kitsune}} and {{Tanuki}} are two classes of {{youkai}} defined as being magical foxes and raccoon dogs respectively, using their powers to make mischief harmless and otherwise.
** Although Susano'o has been labeled as a Trickster God, he's quite a subversion due to being a lot more barbaric and bloodthirsty than other examples, although he did have one moment of genuine Trickster-ness with how he disposed of {{Orochi}}.
* Sun Wukong (Son Goku) / Monkey in ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest''. This guy was a literal god amongst monkeys, which he used in his early life to infuriate the gods. Later on, his travels would see him mellow out a bit and mainly use his cunning to dupe the MonsterOfTheWeek.
* Maui-Of-A-Thousand-Tricks from Maori (New Zeeland's indigenous people) legend. Among his achievements were stealing fire from the Underworld, fishing out New Zealand from the ocean, and lassoing the sun so it wouldn't streak across the sky so quickly.
* Hanuman of the Literature/{{Ramayana}}. Many scholars consider him a predecessor or even inspiration to the aforementioned Sun Wukong.
* Myth/AztecMythology
** Tezcatlipoca subverts the archetype in that he was at the same time an authority figure, and a very important one at that. The only times he was really trickster-ish where mainly when he wanted to annoy his brother, Quetzalcoatl.
* Middle Eastern Folklore
** Nasreddin Hodja (in Persian- and Turkic-speaking countries)/Juha (or Joha or Guha or Goha or...) (in Arabic-speaking countries), the [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Sufi Muslim]] Trickster. His stories typically portray him as a somewhat reluctant Muslim cleric and judge, and a bit of a fool, who nonetheless manages to outwit his neighbors. A few typical stories:
*** Nasreddin running an ''avant-le-lettre'' KansasCityShuffle on a hapless border guard: bringing donkeys carrying sacks of hay across the border, and always telling the guard that he's a smuggler. The guard searches the sacks but never finds anything but hay in the sacks. Years later, when the guard asks him what he was smuggling, Nasreddin/Juha just says "donkeys."
*** A specifically Egyptian tale has Goha being forced to sell his house against his will to a particularly unpleasant man who used shady dealings to cement the transaction. He hammers a nail into an interior wall of the house, and uses the nail as an excuse to visit the old house whenever he likes. (To this day "Goha's nail" is an Egyptian term for something you intentionally leave at a place so you'll have an excuse to go back there later.)
*** Nasreddin/Juha is sitting in judgment in a lawsuit by the owner of a kebab stand against a poor man. The owner accuses the poor man of standing near the stand and enjoying the smell of the grilling meat as the poor man ate his bread, and demands payment. This exchange follows:
--->'''Nasreddin''': ''*to the poor man''* Do you deny this?
--->'''Poor man''': I do not.
--->'''Nasreddin''': Do you have any coins?
--->'''Poor man''': Just a few coppers.
--->'''Nasreddin''': Give them here.
--->'''Poor man''': Your Honor, they're all I have!
--->'''Nasreddin''': That may be so, but please just give me those coins.
--->'''Poor man''': Very well. ''*hands over the coins*'''
--->'''Nasreddin''': ''*to the stand owner*'' Pay close attention. ''*drops coins on the table*''. Did you hear that?
--->'''Stand owner''': Yes, your Honor.
--->'''Nasreddin''': Excellent. Now you take the sound of those coins as payment for the smell of the meat. ''*returns coins to poor man*''
** In a set of Middle Eastern animal fables, Kalila and Dimna, two trickster jackals, serve [[KingOfBeasts the king lion]] and nearly always outsmart other animals.
* Mesopotamian Mythology
** Inanna. In one Sumerian myth, she tricks her grandfather Ea into giving her the ''me'' (the arts and skills of civilization) by getting him drunk.
* Literature/TheBible
** {{Satan}} could be considered a much more sinister variant of this trope, as he uses his cunning to corrupt the virtuous and lead people astray.

%% * PrometheusOdin Often overlooked... which if you think about it, is just the way he wants it.
%% * Weesagechak
%% * Nanabush / Nanabozho
%% * Spider Woman
%% * [[Myth/NativeAmericanMythology Kokopelli]]



%% * Eshu



%% * Br'er (pronounced "bruh", for "brother") Rabbit / Compe' Lapin
%% * Sun Wukong (Son Goku) / Monkey in ''JourneyToTheWest''



%% * [[CunningLikeAFox Kitsune (Fox)]]
%% * {{Tanuki}} (Raccoon dog)



%% * {{Satan}} (and Lucifer)



%% * Maui



%% * Rare trickstress version: Eris
%% * [[Literature/{{Ramayana}} Hanuman]]
%% * Although [[Myth/JapaneseMythology Susano'o]] has been labeled as a Trickster God, he's quite a subversion due to being a lot more barbaric and bloodthirsty than other examples, although he did have one moment of genuine Trickster-ness with how he disposed of {{Orochi}}.



%% * [[Myth/AztecMythology Tezcatlipoca]]
%% ** Subverted in that he was at the same time an authority figure, and a very important one at that. The only times he was really trickster-ish where mainly when he wanted to annoy his brother, Quetzalcoatl.



* Nasreddin Hodja (in Persian- and Turkic-speaking countries)/Juha (or Joha or Guha or Goha or...) (in Arabic-speaking countries), the [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Sufi Muslim]] Trickster. His stories typically portray him as a somewhat reluctant Muslim cleric and judge, and a bit of a fool, who nonetheless manages to outwit his neighbors. A few typical stories:
** Nasreddin running an ''avant-le-lettre'' KansasCityShuffle on a hapless border guard: bringing donkeys carrying sacks of hay across the border, and always telling the guard that he's a smuggler. The guard searches the sacks but never finds anything but hay in the sacks. Years later, when the guard asks him what he was smuggling, Nasreddin/Juha just says "donkeys."
** A specifically Egyptian tale has Goha being forced to sell his house against his will to a particularly unpleasant man who used shady dealings to cement the transaction. He hammers a nail into an interior wall of the house, and uses the nail as an excuse to visit the old house whenever he likes. (To this day "Goha's nail" is an Egyptian term for something you intentionally leave at a place so you'll have an excuse to go back there later.)
** Nasreddin/Juha is sitting in judgment in a lawsuit by the owner of a kebab stand against a poor man. The owner accuses the poor man of standing near the stand and enjoying the smell of the grilling meat as the poor man ate his bread, and demands payment. This exchange follows:
--->'''Nasreddin''': ''*to the poor man''* Do you deny this?
--->'''Poor man''': I do not.
--->'''Nasreddin''': Do you have any coins?
--->'''Poor man''': Just a few coppers.
--->'''Nasreddin''': Give them here.
--->'''Poor man''': Your Honor, they're all I have!
--->'''Nasreddin''': That may be so, but please just give me those coins.
--->'''Poor man''': Very well. ''*hands over the coins*'''
--->'''Nasreddin''': ''*to the stand owner*'' Pay close attention. ''*drops coins on the table*''. Did you hear that?
--->'''Stand owner''': Yes, your Honor.
--->'''Nasreddin''': Excellent. Now you take the sound of those coins as payment for the smell of the meat. ''*returns coins to poor man*''



* Inanna. In one Sumerian myth, she tricks her grandfather Ea into giving her the ''me'' (the arts and skills of civilization) by getting him drunk.
* Jacob, who tricks his brother Esau out of his inheritance in the Bible.

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* Inanna. In one Sumerian myth, she tricks her grandfather Ea into giving her the ''me'' (the arts and skills of civilization) by getting him drunk.
%% * Jacob, who tricks his brother Esau out of his inheritance in the Bible.



* In a set of Middle Eastern animal fables, Kalila and Dimna, two trickster jackals, serve [[KingOfBeasts the king lion]] and nearly always outsmart other animals.



* WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, the former TropeNamer, is claimed to be a cross between Br'er Rabbit and [[Creator/TheMarxBrothers Groucho Marx]], himself an example.

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* WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, the former TropeNamer, is claimed to be a cross between Br'er Rabbit and [[Creator/TheMarxBrothers Groucho Marx]], himself an example. Likewise, many other characters from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation can fit this archetype like WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker, ScrewySquirrel, WesternAnimation/ChipAndDale, and pre-{{Flanderization}} WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck.



%%* WesternAnimation/BugsBunny: the classic KarmicTrickster.
%%* [[ScrewySquirrel Daffy Duck]] (originally)



%%* WoodyWoodpecker



%%* WesternAnimation/ChipAndDale



%%* Bart Simpson from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.

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%%* * Bart Simpson from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' was often such in older episodes ("The Telltale Head" and "Radio Bart", for example). A number of books written about ''The Simpsons'' have compared it to African trickster tales, where the smaller, cunning creatures (hare, spider, tortoise) outwit the larger dumber animals (lion, elephant, hyena).



%%* The GreatGazoo from ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''.



* Bill Cipher from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' can ''definitely'' be classed as one. One with RealityWarping powers... [[ThisIsGonnaSuck This can't end well...]]

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* Bill Cipher from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' can ''definitely'' be classed as one. One with RealityWarping powers...powers and the disposition of a PsychopathicManchild... [[ThisIsGonnaSuck This can't end well...]]
23rd Nov '16 6:26:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* Lestat de Lioncourt, ''brat prince'', from ''{{The Vampire Chronicles}}''.

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* Lestat de Lioncourt, ''brat prince'', from ''{{The ''Literature/{{The Vampire Chronicles}}''.
18th Nov '16 12:38:15 PM ashlay
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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': Discussed, with the game outright asking you to take the role of a "Trickster" in the OpeningNarration. Your protagonist is unsurprisingly a seemingly quiet and docile high schooler who ends up embracing a SecretIdentity as a notorious GentlemanThief out to reform the world through covert activities like HeelFaceBrainwashing corrupt serial abusers in positions of power.
10th Nov '16 5:33:13 PM nombretomado
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* Colin in JohnCWright's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos''. Always ready to pull a stunt whenever they need a distraction.

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* Colin in JohnCWright's Creator/JohnCWright's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos''. Always ready to pull a stunt whenever they need a distraction.



* In JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Golden Age]]'', ''The Phoenix Exultant'', and ''The Golden Transcedence'', the Neptunians. All of them. They live that far out to live a wild life in which sending people computer viruses is considered high spirits. In ''The Golden Transcedence'', Diomedes comments that he would steal a ship to carry out their plan, but he's surprised that inner-system people like Phaethon and Atkins would.

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* In JohnCWright's Creator/JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Golden Age]]'', ''The Phoenix Exultant'', and ''The Golden Transcedence'', the Neptunians. All of them. They live that far out to live a wild life in which sending people computer viruses is considered high spirits. In ''The Golden Transcedence'', Diomedes comments that he would steal a ship to carry out their plan, but he's surprised that inner-system people like Phaethon and Atkins would.
25th Oct '16 11:28:09 PM PaulA
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** Han Solo, to a degree. In the Brian Daley novels he pulls a wide array of tricks, with a playfulness that nicely offsets his grimmer, mercenary side.

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** Han Solo, to a degree. In the Brian Daley novels ''Literature/TheHanSoloAdventures'' he pulls a wide array of tricks, with a playfulness that nicely offsets his grimmer, mercenary side.
14th Oct '16 4:16:04 PM nombretomado
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%%* [[MagnificentBastard Hiruma Youichi]] from ''{{Eyeshield 21}}''.

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%%* [[MagnificentBastard Hiruma Youichi]] from ''{{Eyeshield ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}''.
5th Oct '16 7:15:11 AM erforce
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* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': Jack Sparrow. ''[[InsistentTerminology Captain]]'' Jack Sparrow. In the commentary of the first film, during the scene where he tricks the two ''Interceptor'' guards into arguing, allowing him to slide out of the frame, sneak aboard and get behind the wheel before they even realise he's gone, the writers joke that they consider this scene akin to a Bugs Bunny cartoon.

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* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': Jack Sparrow. ''[[InsistentTerminology Captain]]'' Jack Sparrow. In the commentary of the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl first film, film]], during the scene where he tricks the two ''Interceptor'' guards into arguing, allowing him to slide out of the frame, sneak aboard and get behind the wheel before they even realise he's gone, the writers joke that they consider this scene akin to a Bugs Bunny cartoon.
18th Sep '16 5:24:52 PM Dere
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* WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, the former TropeNamer, is claimed to be a cross between Br'er Rabbit and [[Creator/TheMarxBrothers Groucho Marx]], himself an example.


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